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SAMSON MOTORS UPDATE: 28 April, 2013

This week so far we have assembled the rear wheel carriers, brakes and hub. The custom steering box is being fabricated to provide a strong steering mechanism for the single front wheel. Typical two wheel steering systems were inadequate for what we required, so we fabricated our own. When we get into full production, the […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: APRIL 22, 2013

Work has continued on the front suspension, with the assembly shown here being VERY light – saving us nearly six pounds by using racing quality parts. This is the brake and wheel bearing assembled onto the spindle shown last week. So far we have shed six pounds without sacrificing anything on performance. We are having […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: April 12, 2013

Thought you might want to see our first completed part for the Switchblade prototype. This is the spindle for the front wheel. The wheel is mounted to this, and the spindle is mounted to the front suspension arm. The brakes have been ordered, and should be here early next week. We went to the off-road […]

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Samson Motors Update 2/15/13

Our structural engineer was sent seven sheets of drawings yesterday showing details of the various components of the Switchblade, and how they relate. It is amazing how much detail is in a vehicle such as this. Normally, you have a wing, a tail, and a body in any aircraft. In the Switchblade, the wings swing […]

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Switchblade Update: December 12, 2012

Pictured from left to right: model builder Joe Marine, RC pilot Tom Richardi & designer Sam Bousfield We have wrapped up our flight testing with the quarter-scale prototype, having achieved 90% of our test flight objectives for this prototype. There remains more work to prepare the model as an R/C model kit, which will be […]

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Switchblade Update: October 4, 2012

We made some good progress with the tail mods. Joe Marine at Race Pro Engineering has the tail vertical pieces being joined, and fitted with the rudder actuation mechanism in the shot below. This is prior to trimming the excess away around the edges. For scale models, this technique works. Won’t work for the full-scale! […]

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Samson Switchblade at AirVenture 2012

We thought we should post a few pictures of our experience at AirVenture 2012 so that people who did not attend could gain a sense of the excitement generated by the Switchblade. Samson Motors CEO Sam Bousfield giving a talk “Switchblade Flying Car Production” to a packed house of over 100 people. Sam Bousfield speaking […]

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Switchblade Update 15 July, 2012

Changing the cg helped quite a bit, and we continued to change it to get closer to acceptable cg during testing today. The tail now has functioning rudders (not available the first day). The rudders also helped make testing easier and more fruitful. Rudder control and steering by the nose-wheel was uneventful – just what […]

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Switchblade Update 14 July, 2012

The 1/4 scale prototype has been completed and initial flight testing started. The pictures below are of the completed prototype being taken to our “secret test facility”. We did not paint the vehicle for the first few hours of testing Saturday evening. There was ample thrust once the battery solution was perfected. The electric motor/prop/battery […]

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Switchblade Update 11 July, 2012

The quarter scale model is coming together blazingly fast due to superhuman efforts of Joe Marine at Race Pro Engineering. He has been putting in 15 hour days+, and really working to make the deadline of first flight before AirVenture. We have the pilot lined up again, and video cameras ready for as soon as […]

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